Change Is Additive—Week of 7/15/16

CHANGE IS ADDITIVE—A 3D Printing News Series by FATHOM

Soluble Support for Metal 3D Printing, Mercedes Integrating 3D Printing in Preventative Maintenance, Nano Dimension Develops Quick-Drying Ink

With so many weekly developments in a fast-changing industry like additive manufacturing, the headlines can really stack up. To cut through the clutter of 3D printing news, check out these staff picks of the week. What do you think is the most impactful development?

Discovery's "How It’s Made: Metal 3D Printing"

The Discovery Channel recently featured metal-related additive manufacturing on its iconic show, "How It's Made." Check out the step-by-step walkthrough to learn more about this increasingly more common technology for advanced applications // Watch Video

Trucks 3D Printing Parts

3D Printing Helps Mercedes-Benz Trucks Create Thousands of Replacement Parts On Demand

Mercedes-Benz will begin offering a full selection of 3D printed replacement parts for their trucks, reflecting their long-standing commitment to 3D printing in their supply chain. “In keeping with our brand promise ‘Trucks you can trust’, we set the same benchmarks for reliability, functionality, durability and economy for spare parts from 3D production as for parts from conventional production. However, 3D offers many more possibilities; this is why we shall be rapidly extending the production of 3D printed parts,” explained Andreas Deuschle, Head of the Mercedes-Benz Trucks Marketing & Operations in the Customer Services & Parts Division // Read More

3D Printing Ink

Nano Dimension to Develop Time Saving, Speed Inducing Ink

Nano Dimension has filed a patent application with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for the development of a new nanometric conductive ink based on a unique synthesis. With precise control of the size and surface of nanoparticles, developers hope to improve performance of the company’s DragonFly 2020 3D printer. The new ink will allow for better sintering, lower melting temperatures, and higher conductivity // Read More

3D Printing Metal No Support

Metal 3D Printing More Potent Than Ever With Soluble Metal Support Structure Breakthrough

Researchers have developed a first-of-its-kind soluble metal support solution, in which carbon steel is removed using an electrochemical etching technique with nitric acid and bubbling oxygen – without affecting the stainless steel. This innovation could allow for a dramatic reduction in post-processing and an enhanced ability for metal 3D printing to create highly complex structures // Read More

3D Printing Desk Organizer

3D Printed Desk Organizer

This downloadable 3D printable desk organizer combines complex geometries with a basic functionality, giving any desk a distinctly futuristic look // Learn More

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